How can Exposure Change an Image?

by Hannah Thomson October. 04, 2017 799 views

Working with exposure as an amateur (and by amateur, I mean a full on beginner) was quite daunting. Thought processes of 'which buttons do what?' or 'will I ever figure out what I'm meant to be doing?', when in fact, practice can take you a long way. One week into University and 'information overload' has already started to take place. However, despite the doubts, here are some shots taken in and around Leicester playing about with Aperture, ISO and shutter speeds to see how altering the exposure would change the same shots.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Leicester's city market is a prime place for major hustle and bustle and a great place for photo opportunities. The bright colours of the fruit, veg and flowers were perfect for showing exposure contrasts.

Low Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Throughout the process it was interesting to see how a little can change a lot. Too much exposure meant the loss of sharper detailing and a risk of white-wash. Too little made the images very dark and gloomy almost as if the shots were taken on separate days.

Lower Exposure.

Lower Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Even smaller changes to shutter speeds, aperture or ISO can really effect an image. The slightest change in exposure can make an image tell a completely different story or create different emotions from one photo to the next.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Medium Exposure.

Medium Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Low Exposure.

Moving away from the market and into the old streets of Leicester, The King Richard III museum holds plenty of photo opportunities and was my favourite to shoot. Lowering the exposure almost made the image seem more special. The glow from behind the crown giving a sense of power, royalty and pride and even though most of the image is filled with darkness, a sign of hope still holds on.

Lower Exposure.

Lower Exposure.

Medium Exposure.

Medium Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

Higher Exposure.

From Richard III to Leicester's cathedral. Such simple shots can be manipulated by light to create a vibrant yet calm feel that usually gets suffocated in a busy city.

Throughout the photography learning experience, working out which exact settings suit which shot will be a long process but even as a beginner, it is extremely insightful to see how exposure can change an image.

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